Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

295 Ratings
Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

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Photo of frank4sail
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow color with a decent white head. Wheat citrus nose. The brew lacks flovor and seems watery and too light. There are notes of lemon, corriander, and wheat but only hints on the tongue that tease. This watery feel and taste makes the beer a dissapointment.

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Photo of changeup45
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Certainly not the greatest wheat/hefe I've had. Cloudy yellow colored topped with just a small white head. Aroma is pretty strong bananas. Flavor is wheaty and bananas along with some spice and sour notes. Overall it's pretty weak though. Just not enough going on to excite me. No reason for me to seek this one out again with so many other better sun beers around.

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Photo of TaylorK
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle is from the variety 12 pack from Saranac. The bottle indicates that this is a "limited release". The smell is very powerful with hints of banana, yeast and something very sweet. Pours a glowing yellow color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't last at all. The taste starts out nice, malty, sweet and some bananas. There is a drop off of flavor in the middle and end leaving nothing for the aftertate. This seems very odd, there is no flavor in the end. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy light orange in color, with a nice thick well-retaining head. Sweet wheat malts, bananas and cloves on the nose, all delicate yet noticeable and pleasant. Wheat malts and banana peel, almost doughy in nature, a tinge of bitterness off the cuff. The body is overall sweet and is complimented with grains, lemon peel and kisses of black pepper; stingy hops come to play, but aren’t around long. A solid hefe, one that should be appealing to most.

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Photo of biggmike
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a cloudy yellow/gold with a generous white head. Aroma is wheaty with notes of banana, citrus, and some clove. Taste is of banana, citrus, and spice. Mouthfeel is smooth and maybe a bit thin. Drinkability is pretty good on this one. Not outstanding in any way, but decent and enjoyable.

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Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good deal of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, took several consecutive swirls and pours to be sure it was all decanted.

Poured a murky, ugly maize-yellow, just as it should, but the head was lacking for a wheat beer.

Yeasty, bready smell, slight lemon astringency.

I only have tasted Franziskaner to compare this to, but it seems very similar, if just a little bit thinner.

Nice chunky taste of wheat and yeast, a bit of clove flavor. I still don't get any banana out of the style. Smooth and chewy, could be a bit more pronounced... a little too watery, but well-done overall.

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Photo of bboven
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color, that's right on. The head starts out strong but fades to nothing with no lacing.

Mostly bubblegum, but not overpowering as the clove, banana, and yeast aromas are right behind.

A bit on the sweet side, but all the normal characteristics are there.

Carbonation is goo, there's a bit of drying and actually a bit of warming in the stomach as well. Not something you look for in this style, but not unpleasant.

A pretty good example of an easy beer to make that every brewery does. Nothing steps out as this one being great, but definitely on-par for what it should be.

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Photo of booga73
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jackorain
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear despite statement of unfiltered on the label. Color of straw with a dull golden hue. Very poor retention, 3/4 inch head fell to zip in seconds.

S-Feremented banana, wheat, yeast twang.

T-Citrus and tart fermented banans, yeast and light clove. Some bitter green hops mingle with citrc hops.

M-Light body. Tingly carbonation with a prickle that lasts long after the swallow.

D-Not bad, I could have a few of these. Probably one of the better american takes on this style.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.24/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a very cloudy pale straw. Dense two finger head shows decent retention, but low lacing. Pungent medicinal/phenolic smell overpowers any other aroma, reminicant of play doh. The taste is very different, but also becomes unpleasent. A hefe type yeast and gentle floral hop notes upfront, then a mellow wheat flavor. The aftertaste explodes with a simple banana flavor that is niether dry nor residual, just stubborn. Medium carbonation and light body. The phenol presence is appropriate to style but totally overkill and ruins a potentialy smooth and drinkable beer with an unbalanced taste, cloying mouthfeel and harsh finish.

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Photo of zdk9
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange with a finger of large bubbled head and no lacing.

S- The scent of lightly toasted wheat bread and a touch of bannana and orange flavor whafts over my nose.

T- There is a nice complexity to this beer. Bannana and orange comes to the forefront. Some toasty malt flavors as in the nose. The back of the mouth fosters spicy notes of coriander, and possibly pepper. There is also some hops present in the flavor which I'm enjoying as a balance to the rest of the brew.

M- Smooth, and suprisingly hot- the alcohol is not well hidden.

D- A great beer with great aspects of taste and mouthfeel which I consider to be far more important. Recomended as a great summer brew.

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Photo of beerphan
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet, part of the summer sampler.

A nice 2 inch head that quickly disappeared, medium carbonation with a stray bubble popping up throughout.

Light golden straw color with a very very slight haze present.
Smells of banana, clover and light yeast.

Refreshingly light going down. Lots oof banana flavor and i slight lemony hop. A good summer brew, but nothing spectactular or groundbreaking.

edit: 2007
bumped the scores on this one as i think it has improved.

Better appearance, better aroma, better drinkability, creaminess

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Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a light yellow/gold color with a nice size head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Smell consisted of ripe bananas and a faint aroma of cloves. Some sweetened malts and yeast also blend in. Would of liked to see a bit more clove in the nose. But the taste was not bad I must say. Good banana flavors with some cloves and yeast also riding along the banana flavors. Hops finished up this beer. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some soft carbonation rolling on the tongue. Probably one of the better beers in the Saranac summer packs.

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Photo of wingman14
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light hazy orange with a frothy white head that faded quickly. The smell is mostly of the banana and cloves as advertised on the bottle with some sweet notes and a healthy dose of the wheaty/bready smell expected from a hefe. The taste starts out suble and sweet, with the wheat up front followed strongly by the banana and a kick of the spice at the end with a banana aftertaste. A decent mouthfeel with a good and interesting balance in flavor, and decent carbonation. This one is refreshing and a good quality hefe with a dominant yet not offensive flavor. Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the style. Cheers!

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Photo of pentathlete
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a Weihenstephaner yesterday, well, the Saranac, while not bad, just doesn't hold up too well. This is golden, not perfectly clear but close (!?), and small head that falls to a simple ring. Smell has hints of wheat, mild citrus, and maybe a touch of banana, but not much. Taste finds the banana notes over a base of bubbly, nearly malt lagerish flavor. The wheat comes through, with more banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and the finish is short. Nothing offensive and nothing that grabs you. Try it in the summer pack, it won't hurt you and it is not expensive.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a slightly cloudy medium copper with a two finger head and good lace. Good wheat malt aromas mixed with some clove and banana. Good hefe flavor as well. More of an American hefe but still solid. Good wheat malt flavors mixed with clove, banana, slight citrus and tart. Not a top of the line hefe but a very good one indeed. IMHO it is Saranac's best beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the summer pack, poured into a weizen glass. Nice golden color, slightly hazy, small head that doesn't stick around long or leave lacing behind. Nice assertive clove aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Taste follows the aroma, a smooth sweet wheat malt immersed with banana and bubblegum flavors upfront, a nice spicy clove on the finish. Moderate to low, carbonation, not as smooth and creamy as the best examples of the style. This is easily the best wheat beer in the Saranac summer pack, good attempt at an authentic Hefe from the brewery.

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Photo of sebaastionb
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of UDbeernut
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a weizen glass

a: light straw yellow, 1/2" head that quickly reduces to a lacing cap. Like the rest of Matt FX's beers I have had, it has a boat load of carbonation.

s: tart wheat scent, slight clove. slightly more fragrent than the usual from Saranac

t: sweet when it hits the tounge, it becomes balanced with clove and slight flower pedals.

m: Medium bodied, I like my weizens to be a bit lighter in the mouth.

O: not a bad beer, it does feel a bit restraigned though.

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Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This weizen pours slightly hazy with a just darker than golden color. It has a one inch white head that actually retains and laces more than I would have expected from the Matt brewery.
The aroma is just a bit of wheat with faint traces of clove.
In the flavor, banana is quite apparent with trace amounts of clove and malts.
Mouth feel is light in body and actively carbonated.
Although this is a non offensive beer, I think that there are plenty of better hefeweizens.

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Photo of kb2250
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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